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Sounds Like Rocket Raccoon Confirmed For Avengers: Infinity War

We already have confirmation Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy will appear in Avengers: Infinity War, and now it seems as if Peter Quill will be bringing his pal Rocket Raccoon along for the ride.

Avengers: Infinity War writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely spoke with The Verge about Captain America: Civil War, which led into questioning about making Thanos work in the Infinity War films with Rocket seemingly confirmed:

You said the magic word there, grounded. You’ve done a very good job in making these superhero movies feel like they’re part of a recognizable reality. But as you said, there’s a big purple space guy coming in the next two movies. How do you make that work, tonally?

SM: We’ll try to split the difference. We certainly don’t want to try to betray the Jim Starlin Thanos, all those comic runs. They get pretty trippy. That’s in the DNA of it. But before we get there, you’ll see Guardians 2, you’ll see Doctor Strange. My hope is that the movie audience will be a little bit more prepared for some trippier stuff.

CM: Also, whether they’re a 12-foot purple guy, or a raccoon, or an android, they’re all people, and we’re going to write them as people. You can’t write them any other way. So, ideally it will stay grounded because you’ll completely understand why the characters are doing what they’re doing, and you will in some way or another empathize.

I’m curious to see if Rocket Raccoon will be brought to Earth or if they’ll keep him out in space for the Avengers: Infinity War movies.  I have to agree with what Guardians of the Galaxy comic book writer Dan Abnett said about bringing Rocket to Earth which is a rather goofy approach, but keeping him in an outer space setting works. Here’s the quote:

I think that’s why I’ve always loved the cosmic side of Marvel: placing super heroes in an [sci-fi] context means that it’s less about costumes and secret identities and integrating super hero roles into a ‘real world.’  These are characters [that] look and behave the way they do because of non-terrestrial technology, culture, and abilities. We get a sense of the whole universe, and the possibilities are vast and ingenious. Take Rocket, as an example. On Earth, he’d be a curiosity, a goofy “fun” character. Out in the universe, he’s non-human adventurer that we don’t have to qualify or excuse. We can just get on with enjoying his misadventures.

“The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” has a May 4, 2018 release followed by Part 2 on May 3, 2019 directed by Joe and Anthony Russo.

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Danny DeVito Tried Out For The Voice Of Rocket Raccoon

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Yesterday saw James Gunn take part in a live Facebook Q&A where he spoke about a variety of topics with one including the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy.

While we all known Bradley Cooper ended up getting the part, Gunn let it be known they actually considered using Danny DeVito, but decided against it because of DeVito’s age.

“In all honesty, Danny DeVito is one of the voices we tried out, but Danny DeVito is an older man now and Rocket is not an older man, he’s a younger man,” Gunn explained. “Danny DeVito’s voice just wouldn’t work.”

Gunn also let it be known that Thanos was the villain in the original Guardians of the Galaxy script, and also that he isn’t a big fan of the Guardians of the Galaxy animated sound track.

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Watch: Guardians of the Galaxy Season 1, Ep. 3 – Clip 1

Watch a clip from the third episode of the animated Guardians of the Galaxy Disney XD series.

The Collector adds Rocket Raccoon to his collection in a new clip from “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,” airing this Saturday at 9:30 PM ET on Disney XD!

Guardians of the Galaxy stars the voice talents of Will Friedle as Star-Lord, Trevor Devall as Rocket Raccoon, David Sobolov as Drax, Vanessa Marshall as Gamora, Kevin Michael Richardson as Groot and James Arnold Taylor as both Yondu and Cosmo.

The Guardians of the Galaxy animated series follows the newly-formed team who finds a strange artifact keyed only to the DNA of Peter Quill. Upon opening it, Quill unleashes a treasure map leading to a powerful weapon known as the Cosmic Seed which is capable of giving birth to the next universe. It’s up to the Guardians to find, protect and ultimately destroy the Cosmic Seed in order to keep it out of the hands of those who would abuse its power, from galactic big boss Thanos, to the conniving brothers the Collector and the Grandmaster, to a resurrected Ronan, to the ultimate trickster, Loki, in order to save the universe.

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Watch: Trevor Devall Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Interview

Following interviews with the voice actors of Gamora, Groot and Drax, Marvel has now released a video interview with Trevor Devall who voices Rocket Raccoon in theGuardians of the Galaxy animated series.

The voice of Rocket Raccoon exposes the secret he tries to keep from Star-Lord in a new interview for “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,” airing this Saturday at 9:30 PM ET on Disney XD!

Guardians of the Galaxy stars the voice talents of Will Friedle as Star-Lord, Trevor Devall as Rocket Raccoon, David Sobolov as Drax, Vanessa Marshall as Gamora, Kevin Michael Richardson as Groot and James Arnold Taylor as both Yondu and Cosmo.

The Guardians of the Galaxy animated series follows the newly-formed team who finds a strange artifact keyed only to the DNA of Peter Quill. Upon opening it, Quill unleashes a treasure map leading to a powerful weapon known as the Cosmic Seed which is capable of giving birth to the next universe. It’s up to the Guardians to find, protect and ultimately destroy the Cosmic Seed in order to keep it out of the hands of those who would abuse its power, from galactic big boss Thanos, to the conniving brothers the Collector and the Grandmaster, to a resurrected Ronan, to the ultimate trickster, Loki, in order to save the universe.

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Major Spoiler Death Revealed For Secret Wars #1

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Tomorrow sees Marvel’s latest event kick off with Secret Wars.

Friend to Cosmic Book News, “Richard Rider Is Nova,” sent in some early information about the book.

Spoilers follow.

• The Ultimate Universe battles the Marvel 616 Universe leading to the death of – Rocket Raccoon!

•  Rocket Raccoon gets blasted through the chest – as both world’s destroy each other!

Check it out below.

While we are sad to see Rocket go, perhaps Marvel will bring back the version of Guardians of the Galaxy that inspired the near billion dollar movie and get rid of the version that has become a parody of itself.

Update: Check out our Secret Wars #1 advanced review.

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Marvel Contest Of Champions Rocket Raccoon Trailer

Check out the Rocket Raccoon trailer above for the Marvel Contest Of Champions mobile game.

He’s got a plan and he’s in the Contest! Rocket Raccoon blows things up in the hit Marvel mobile fighting game from Kabam!

Marvel Contest of Champions, developed by Kabam’s Vancouver Studio and penned by Marvel Comics writer Sam Humphries (The Legendary Star-Lord), is a high-action, high-fidelity Super Hero combat game for mobile devices. In the game, players assume the role of Earth’s representative in a cosmic battle of epic proportions, organized by The Collector against super villains such as Kang the Conqueror and Thanos, and the ultimate brawl for untold power.

In Marvel Contest of Champions, players fight their way to the top in iconic locations from the Marvel Universe, including Avengers Tower, the Asgardian Bifrost, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Helicarrier, and the Savage Land, as they battle against other heroes and villains controlled by Kang the Conqueror.

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Now Wonder Woman Eats Rocket Raccoon In Justice League 3000

Detective Chimp was recently seen with a Rocket Raccoon message on his T-shirt, and now Wonder Woman has a Rocket-sized snack in the latest issue of Justice League 3000 #13.

Interestingly enough, Rocket Raccon was co-created by Justice League 3000 writer Keith Giffen, who brought the character back in Annihilation Conquest: Star Lord mini.

Following Giffen’s departure from Marvel, it was Marvel Editor Bill Rosemann who single handedly picked out Rocket Raccoon to be on DnA’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Detective Chimp Has Two Words For Rocket Raccoon

When Marvel Comics editor Bill Rosemann single handedly chose Rocket Raccoon to be a part of the Guardians of the Galaxy, I’m guessing little did he know then that Rocket would go on to become a household name.

As we all know, Rocker Raccoon quickly became a fan-favorite character with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie, which went on to make three-quarters of a billion dollars.

The success of Rocket Raccoon hasn’t gone unnoticed amongst Marvel’s direct competition as in the December issue of the Injustice: Gods Among Us digital series, another anthropomorphic character who happens to predate Rocket Raccoon by almost 25 years (and the 1968 Planet of the Apes), Detective Chimp, takes a swipe at Groot’s buddy.

Check it out; the issue was written by Tom Taylor with art by Bruno Redondo and Rex Lokus:

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Watch & Listen: Comparing The Voices Of Rocket Raccoon

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Watch the following cool of video that compares all the voices of Rocket Raccoon.

Depending on whom you ask, Rocket Raccoon has at times been thought to speak with an English accent as the character was inspired by the Beatles song, “Rocky Raccoon” as well as being written by UK writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.

As we see from the video, Rocket Raccoon has also spoken with more of a slight Brooklyn accent, which James Gunn and Bradley Cooper went with in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

I’m not sure if Gunn ever said why he went with an American accent over a English accent, but I’ve always read the character with an English accent.

From the video, I do lean more toward Greg Ellis’ version of Rocket Raccoon from the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes animated series as well as the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 video game.

With the success of the Guardians movie, I’m guessing Rocket’s American accent will be a permanent fixture for the character from here on out. I wonder how general audiences would have reacted to Rocket speaking like a Brit?

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Rocket Raccoon Guardians of the Galaxy Big Blastin’ Figure Available For Pre-Order

Check out the Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Big Blastin’ Figure, which is now available for preorder on Amazon.

Awesome electronic Rocket Raccoon figure

Comes with spinning blaster

Blaster fires when you press the button on the figure’s leg

Select battle sounds

Figure comes with blaster 

The figure becomes available June 1st.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” has an August 1, 2014 release.

For news, images and more head on over to the Cosmic Book News Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Hub.

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Rocket Raccoon & Groot One-Shot Announced With Art By Andrea Di Vito

Marvel Comics has announced a new one-shot for July from former Nova artist Andrea Di Vito and written by Will Corono Pilgrim with Guardians of the Galaxy – Galaxy’s Most Wanted #1.

Here is the solicit info, cover and preview art:

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: GALAXY’S MOST WANTED #1
WILL CORONA PILGRIM (W) • ANDREA DI VITO (A)
Cover by JEE-HYUNG LEE
SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY SARA PICHELLI
Rocket Raccoon and Groot—your favorite cosmic bounty hunters (and soon to be world-famous movie stars)—leap into action in an all-new adventure! Could it possibly happen? Is Groot attempting to arrest…his best bud Rocket? Plus: Reprinting THOR #314, featuring the Thunder God in cosmic combat with the mean, green Guardian known as Drax!
40 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T…$3.99

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Cool Rocket Raccoon & Groot As Han Solo & Chewbacca Star Wars Art

Check out the cool fan art featuring Rocket Raccoon and Groot as Han Solo and Chewbacca.

Deviant Artist JoopaDoops created the image adding:

Two loveable space pirates all garbed up like a less current, less local pair of smugglers.  Hey, now they’re all under the same corporate roof, so it’s possible!  It was done in CS4 on my Cintiq 24HD.

Looks a lot better than the Looney Tunes Marvel Comics art!

Update: This is done by Marvel Comic artist Justin Ponsor.

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Brew’s Crew: Rocket Raccoon

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Even before the movie Guardians of the Galaxy has come out, Rocket Raccoon is hot.

He was hot with we Marvel Cosmic readers years ago. The world is ready to catch up. Bradley Cooper will voice Rocket when the Guardians movie rolls off the reel this summer.

The character was created by Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen and consciously inspired by the Beatles song Rocky Raccoon. Other references to the song were featured in Rocket’s appearance in The Incredible Hulk #271 (May 1982), which was titled “Now Somewhere In the Black Holes of Sirius Major There Lived a Young Boy Named Rocket Raccoon” and saw the Hulk help Rocket stop a villain trying to steal “Gideon’s Bible” which in the Marvel Universe was a book that contained the sum of all knowledge on the Loonies colony.

Rocket initially acted as the “Guardian of the Keystone Quadrant”, an area of outer space sealed off from the rest of the cosmos by the so-called Galacian Wall. Rocket was captain of the starship Rack ‘n’ Ruin, and he and his first mate Wal Russ (a talking walrus) came from the planet Halfworld in the Keystone Quadrant, an abandoned colony for the mentally ill where the animal companions were genetically manipulated to grant them human level intelligence and bipedal body construction for many to become caretakers of the inmates. Rocket was Halfworld’s chief law officer (“ranger”) who protected the colony against various threats.

Rocket resurfaced as a member of the team chosen to accompany Star-Lord on his mission to stop a Phalanx infiltration of the Kree homeworld. Rocket is depicted as a gifted military tactician who is also fearless, loyal and insightful. It is also heavily implied that he has a case of obsessive compulsive disorder.

Rocket later joins the new Guardians of the Galaxy at the behest of his friend Star-Lord. It is he who suggests that the team adopt that moniker after hearing it mentioned by Major Victory. Later on, when the team almost disbands and Peter Quill disappears (sent into the Negative Zone by Ronan), Rocket keeps the team alive, and brings in Groot as member, as the two had become firm friends.

Rocket takes over as leader until they rescue Peter, and save the Earth from an alien invasion. When the team tries to halt the growing War of Kings, Rocket decides to lead the portion of the team assigned to make contact with the Shi’ar. However, they are unable to teleport into the Emperor Vulcan’s flagship and have to be rescued by the Starjammers and Rocket’s old friend Ch’od. They are able to bring back the rightful queen of the Shi’ar, but Lilandra is killed after Rocket departs, much to his horror.

After the Guardians disband, Rocket Raccoon takes up a normal job with Timely Inc. He and Groot were reunited and tricked into returning to Halfworld: here, he found out his memories of the place were mostly half-truths and deliberately crafted fake memories. In reality, Jakes and Blackjack O’Hare had worked with Rocket in providing security at Halfworld Asylum for the Criminally Insane, Dr. Dyvyne had been Head of Psychology there, and both the anthropomorphic animals and the automaton clowns were deliberately created to work at the asylum, as their appearance would calm the inmates.

The crises that Rocket half-remembered had been caused by the psychic supervillain the Star Thief, who had been admitted as an inmate and used his psychic powers to turn the inhabitants against each other. Rocket had turned the warders into a biological “key” to keep Star-Thief locked up, and deliberately altered his mind and left Halfworld so it could never be opened — but he was tricked into returning by the Thief, whose mind had escaped into the asylum after his host body died.

Rocket is now a member of the reformed member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, a team which includes the previous-thought dead Star-Lord and Drax the Destroyer.

Guardians of the Galaxy” hits theatres in August!

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Cool Fan-Made Rocket Raccoon Skottie Young Animated Image

Marvel recently announced a new Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon comic book series from Skottie Young and debuted the cover and art as well.

Now a fan has taken the Rocker Raccoon cover and created the following animated image.

Speaking of animated, Young compared his new Rocket Raccoon series to Looney Tunes and Daffy Duck.

Should fit in real nice with NINO Nova and Bendis’ Garbage of the Galaxy.

Cool animation, though.

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New Rocket Raccoon Comic Series Announced; Compared To Looney Tunes & Daffy Duck

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Right in time for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Marvel Comics has announced that Rocket Raccoon will get his own comic book by Skottie Young, who will be on both writing and art chores.

“I like any of the humorous characters, any of the ones I can have fun with,” Young told MTV. “And around this time Guardians of the Galaxy was getting restarted, so I said if there was any of way of doing some sort of Rocket Raccoon story that would be fun too!”

“Even though it was just a sliver of Rocket [in the trailer], I couldn’t wait to work on this guy even more,” Young continued. “I think it’s going to have a connection to that nostalgic feeling for Looney Tunes, that old animated flavor where everything wasn’t squeaky clean, you know? Daffy Duck would get his bill blasted off with double barrel shotguns… That’s what I grew up watching, and being able to play around with that in this hyper-superhero intergalactic universe will be a lot of fun.”

Groot is also to be featured in the book, and it’s learned former editor Stephen Wacker, who was behind the Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy relaunches, was initially behind Rocket Raccoon as well and nixed Groot being in the title.

The new Rocket Raccoon hits in July.

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First Look At Bradley Cooper Voicing Rocket Raccoon In New Guardians of the Galaxy Video

Following the trailer, Marvel has released a new video focused on Rocket Raccon which gives us our first listen to Bradley Cooper in Guardians of the Galaxy.

The video also features director James Gunn and Bradely Cooper talking about the movie and character.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” has an August 1, 2014 release in the U.S. starring Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana As Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Disel as Groot, Lee Pace as Ronan, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Djimon Houndsou as Korath, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Benicio del Toro as The Collector, John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey and Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael.

For news, images and more head on over to the Cosmic Book News Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Hub.

Synopsis:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

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New Bowen Guardians of the Galaxy Busts Teased

Randy Bowen released the following image that reveals more Guardians of the Galaxy busts are in development.

We see parts for Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax and Rocket Raccoon.

Bowen Designs previously released a mini-bust for Groot (pictured below).

These look to be based on the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic book from DnA and Brad Walker.

Randy Bowen added with the following pic:

The Kucharek Brothers have been at it again..

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Awesome Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon & Groot Statue

Check out images of the upcoming Kotobukiya Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon & Groot Statue.

The statue features the gun-slingers from the movie!

Look for it this September.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” has an August 1, 2014 release in the U.S. starring Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana As Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Disel as Groot, Lee Pace as Ronan, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Djimon Houndsou as Korath, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Benicio del Toro as The Collector, John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey and Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael.

For news, images and more head on over to the Cosmic Book News Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Hub.

Synopsis:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

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